The Supreme Court Tells the Government to Get a Warrant

The Supreme Court can’t dodge ‘em all. So, on Friday, it actually decided Carpenter v. United States, a closely watched case testing how federal law-enforcement agents could legally obtain four months’ worth of cell phone location records as part of an investigation of a rash of bank robberies in Michigan.

The government had not argued that it could simply demand the location records from a cellular service provider; it had argued that a federal statute, the Stored Communications Act,...

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